Mr. Nevzat Ceylan, the Head of Turkey-Uganda Interparliamentary Friendship Group, met with Mr. Moses Kalule Kasujja, Chargé d’Affaires a.i of the Republic of Uganda in Ankara, at the in GNAT on 9 February 2017.
Mr. Ceylan said that he appreciates the efforts of Uganda, the pearl of Africa, in the region. Describing Uganda as the locomotive country of East Africa, Mr. Ceylan said that he is pleased to observe two countries' relations in a very good position.
Mr. Ceylan reminded that the visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Uganda accelerated the relations between the two countries last year. "The approval process has been concluded in our country for the MoUs on waiving visas on diplomatic passports and cooperation in the fields of hydrocarbon, mining and minerals, which were agreed during the visit of our President to Uganda. We are also waiting for your country to approve these agreements."
He explained that he believes a TİKA office in Kampala city will contribute Uganda’s development. He further more informed and sought for Uganda’s support to the intended international Turkey candidacy to UNESCO‘s Executive Board for the period of 2017-2021 which will take place in Paris in November 2017.
Ceylan said that Turkey faced with treacherous coup attempt by FETÖ organization on July 15, 2016, almost 250 people were killed and 2 200 people were wounded by this organization. Ceylan further informed that FETÖ poses a threat not only for Turkey but also for almost 160 countries, including Uganda. He expressed that Turkey is waiting Uganda’s support and cooperation on this issue.
Ceylan said that Turkey is ready to support Uganda and continued that "we request the activities of hospitals, schools and associations linked with FETO in Uganda to be investigated and exposed. We would also like to point out that it is for the benefit of the two countries that such institutions, which provide support to the FETO militants, to be handed over to safe hands"
Ceylan added that they also expect the signing of MoUs on avoidance of double taxation and promotion of mutual investments.
Mr. Moses Kalule Kasujja, Chargé d’Affaires a.i of Uganda, strongly condemned July 15th failed coup attempt. Emphasizing Uganda’s fight against terrorism, Mr. Kasujja said that:
“Whether terrorist groups target Ugandan allies or not, Uganda stands and fights against all terrorist groups worldwide. We would like to convey our sincere condolences and sympathies to the Turkish people and the entire country for the loss of life during the failed July coup d’etat.“
Kasujja stated that MoUs on economic cooperation with Turkey are going to be signed very soon; he added that “I assure you that the one on waiving visas on diplomatic passports are being worked on. We also look forward to opening up a TIKA office in Uganda. We will be ready for any support.”
He added that they will consider positively Turkey’s candidacy to international bodies Turkey as Turkey has been and is always very supportive to Uganda at the international community. “The support has been increasingly continuing since the visit of H.E. President Erdoğan.”
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